To many of us, the art of composing music appears magical and mystical. Does a composer just sit down and hear the music in his/her head? Is there a process for composing great music that requires preparation, practice, and skill? How do you get better at it?
Likewise, composing the career and life that you want can feel less directed and more happenstance than you may want. Listening to some people describe “how they got here” can sound a bit like wandering in the wilderness with no rhyme, reason or plan.
In fact, it is possible to blend a range of experiences into a process to deliberately design the career composition that best meets your needs and desires. A careful balance of preparation, expansion, and application can enrich the sound of your personal career and the life music that surrounds it. Actively learning, listening, and experimenting helps to create all the elements to build the experience you desire. In plain English, you can use creative thinking to build a concrete plan for your career goals!
Using an approach that blends preparation with experimentation, begin to compose your own career with greater purpose.
- Improve your technique. Take a class, listen to a TED Talk, research an area of interest or acquire a skill that expands your thinking about how you do your job.
- Learn from the greats. Dive into learning about someone who inspires you. Read their biography and listen to a podcast by them or about them. See what elements of their experience and success you can integrate into your own life and career path.
- Experiment and be creative. Take one of the ideas or lessons on improving your technique or learning from the greats, and begin to improvise – changing it to fit how you do things and your style.